To celebrate Women’s History Month, we are featuring some of Westchester’s wonderful women!
AprilMarin, a boutique luxury fashion brand owned by Westchester residents April Bukofser and Marin Milio have gone NATIONAL! This pair have taken their dreams from the local level, and made it a national reality.
AprilMarin has had recent exposure on the TODAY Show, in addition to being the the go-to designer for talk show host Wendy Williams! This exposure has garnered them over 20,000 new customers worldwide. The design duo recently had their City Ruffle Shawl (which we are giving away!!!) featured on the TODAY Show with Stylist Jill Martin. Other various media outlets have also taken notice of AprilMarin including Westchester Magazine, All You Magazine, Parents Magazine, Daily News, Journal News, and now WestchesterHappening.com, which have all contributed to their great success.
By now, we are sure you have heard of them. But if not, AprilMarin is a young contemporary design collection, founded by “mompreneurs” and best friends, April Bukofser and Marin Milio. By focusing on the three loves in their life: family, work and fun, the design duo creates “beautiful garments that are fashionable yet functional, classic yet fun”.
We had a chat with Marin recently, to learn more about these dynamic women, their vision, and their company.
WH: How did you and April meet? And…how did you both decide to partner up on an apparel company?
MM: “We started AprilMarin solely as a hobby at first. April and I met at Pace University in a marketing class and always toyed with the idea of having our own business one day. We would meet up once a week after graduating and often brainstorm different ideas.”
WH: Do you, as partners, have separate roles, or do you feel there is an overlap in your job descriptions? Who is primarily responsible for the designs of the April Marin line? And do you both make decisions regarding fabrics, etc?
MM: “We both take an active role designing the pieces in our collection, it is truly a team effort. We actually really enjoy going fabric and trim shopping and getting to see the finished product from start to finish is extremely rewarding!”
WH: Where does your inspiration come from on a daily basis?
MM: “We get our design inspiration from Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. We prefer to focus on designs with clean lines and simple elegance, that are timeless and defy the seasons. We like to add contemporary twists, like ruffled sleeves or a Peter Pan collar and use shawls, wraps, scarves and other great accessories to accent your style.”
WH: With great growth of a small business comes some amount of trepidation. Are you guys enjoying the wave of success, or do you ever feel overwhelmed?
MM: “For the most part, we are definitely enjoying the wave of success and so happy that our hard work and dedication is paying off! To be completely honest, there are some days that are overwhelming but in the end, we always make it through! We have Westchester to thank as most of our first time customers which are all now repeat customers, are from Westchester County and the surrounding area!”
We congratulate April and Marin on their success! You can find their entire collection, at www.aprilmarin.com!